31 October 2009

Caramel Apple Debacle

How to make caramel apples.
1. Get your mom to bring you an entire paper grocery sack full of the apples from her backyard trees.2. Scrounge in your own backyard for suitable sticks. Not too thick, not too thin, not too gross. Gnarly is good, though.
3. Shove sticks into apples. (It's not as hard as it sounds).
4. Warm store-bought caramel on very low heat. Act smug, thinking to yourself of all those complex, candy-thermometer requiring recipes you read about online. Home made caramel is for suckers with more time than you.

5. Dip apples in caramel. Swirl them around, get them good and coated. Place on waxed paper.
6. Watch caramel pool around the bottom of the apples. Think about what this means. Imagine smushing it back up onto the apple when it cools a little more.

7. Realize this is not working.
8. Feel chagrin about step #4. Mutter about this turning out to be a sucky thing to blog about.
9. Blog about it anyway.

10. Find candy thermometer. Look up "homemade caramel apple recipes" on line.

1 comment:

Megan said...

Oh wow - I can so relate! We tried to make popcorn balls at our house this year, which I might point out required one of those danged candy thermometers. I've used them before and watched the temperature rise very closely...and apparently that's a very important step.

Let's just say my sugar mixture got a little overheated and turned rock hard before I could even get it onto the popcorn.

Oh well. Avery had fun watching mommy scramble anyway.

Happy Halloween! (Pictures of your costumes, please!)